LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program 


Leadership SAISD is a FREE 9-month education leadership development program that provides community members the information and skills to become thought leaders around education.

Participants develop a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing school communities with topics such as school finance, policy and advocacy, and educational equity.

Cohort members meet once a month to hear from influential speakers and experts, review best practices, research, explore equity in education, and conduct site visits. Together, participants and experts explore the issues that shape public education today with an emphasis on real-world solutions and practical problem solving. Seminars provide a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.

Cohort members explore the most relevant topics in education today including:

Data & Research in Education 

School Finance

Education Policy & Advocacy 

Education Governance

Health & Wellness in Education

21st Century Learning 

Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Education Leadership 

Community Engagement 

Normally, classes are held one Friday per month from 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M at Cafe College and tours take place throughout the city. Please note we are closely monitoring the guidance issued by local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community and are prepared to continue providing exceptional virtual learning experiences with modified hours starting at 9:00am and ending at 12:00pm through Zoom and Google Classroom with optional virtual opportunities to engage with fellow LSAISD cohort members and LSAISD alums concluding the sessions. 

Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles, including Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs); site based decision-making committees; Board of Trustee task forces; non-profit boards and volunteer positions. Moreover, LSAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio.

Leadership SAISD Class of 2021 Graduates!

(Friday, May 7th, 2021) – Leadership SAISD (LSAISD) is proud to announce the 47 education community leaders who have graduated from the LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program and have joined the LSAISD Alumni Network of 301 education advocates and thought leaders meaningfully impacting the education landscape of San Antonio. Join us in congratulating the cohort members.


The LSAISD Class of 2021, residing across 12 out of the 17 school districts in San Antonio, participated in a free 9-month education leadership development program addressing various education topics including education leadership, community engagement, data and research in education, education equity, diversity and inclusion, education policy and advocacy, education governance, school finance, health and wellness in education, pedagogy in education and 21st century learning, and education service and leadership opportunities. Sessions provided a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.


As the only education focused leadership development program in Bexar County, Leadership SAISD seeks to convene educators, caregivers, and community members to explore the challenges and opportunities within the educational landscape of San Antonio to activate civic engagement in various ways.


Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles including, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), decision-making committees, Board of Trustee task forces, non-profit boards, and other roles. Moreover, Leadership SAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio. 


Leadership SAISD congratulates the following 47 individuals who participated and completed this year’s program:

Alexis Benedict, Teach For America - San Antonio

Amanda Mosley, Pearl Street Church 

Amy Barrios, Texas A&M University - San Antonio 

Angelica Garza, SAISD Foundation

Angelica Holmes, Black Outside, Inc.

Armen Babajanian, World Affairs Council of San Antonio

Bethany Evans, Family Tapestry - The Children's Shelter

Briana Barner, Doctoral Candidate

Briseida Elena Tijerina Marquez de Cardoza, San Antonio Independent School District 

Carmen Fies, UTSA

Carol Ann Tonn, Educator

Christa Aldrich, H-E-B

Debbie Gordon, Former Sr. Publications Administrator / Community Relations Liason

Denise Hernandez, Councilman Roberto C. Treviño

Erica Martinez, Lighthouse Public Schools/Our Lady of the Lake University

Federico Borroel, RelateAbility, PLLC

Gilberto Avila, North East Independent School District 

Heather Herrera, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TRIO Student Support Services STEM)

Isaiah Lucio Lopez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Jenee Margo Gonzales, The Marianist Province of the United States

Katie Chain, H-E-B

Kelly Lampkin, FunMise, LLC

Kelsey Olson, Healthy Futures of Texas

Lauren Pum, San Antonio Independent School District 

Linda Galvan, San Antonio Independent School District 

Lindsay Fuller, UTSA

Liza Gomez, Codeup

Lizzy Perez, Lizzy Perez, LLC

Mandy Flores, Assessment Intervention Management (AIM)

Marisa Barrera, Northwest Vista College

Michelle Mata, UT Health San Antonio

Monica Quiñones-Hernandez, VIPKID LTD.

Myles Amador, H. E. Butt Foundation

Nancy Gonzales, Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Oralia E. Garcia, San Antonio Independent School District Bonham Academy

Phillip Anaya, Alamo College

Patricia Juarez, Generations Federal Credit Union

Rebecca Gonzalez, Thrive Media Co., LLC

Robin McNiel-Kandera, San Antonio Independent School District 

Samantha Toback, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Sarah Perez, San Antonio Independent School District 

Stacie Sanchez Hare, Share Our Strength

Steffi Ockenfels, CPS Energy

Stephanie Mendeloff, CREA Curriculum & Consulting

Tally Jorn, Allies Against Slavery

Vanessa Gonzalez, Alamo Heights ISD

Vanessa Tobares, St. Mary's University

Application Period: Open Through July 16th